American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly
Reviewed by Gerry Donaghy
"All of us experience moments of self-reflection during which we wonder what we're supposed to be doing with our lives, focus way too much on our shortcomings, and ponder what it all means. When Matthew Polly was twenty-one, he had such an experience. Rather than letting it go, or killing it with beer, he decided that the solution lay in traveling to China to study kung-fu with monks of the famed Shaolin Temple. This rather rash and ill-informed decision set in motion the two-year odyssey of self-discovery chronicled in American Shaolin...." Read the entire Powells.com review.